Be a PAL - Share Our Streets

We don't need researchers to tell us that more people in Arlington are getting around by bike and by foot -- we can see it, hear it and experience it ourselves! While this is all great news, it does come with one little caveat -- and that's something we were all taught by our parents when we were kids: SHARING. The streets don't belong to any one of us, they belong to all of us and so we have an inherent responsibility to share the streets with everyone else using them... in a courteous and safe manner, of course.

Image: street intersectionWe developed the PAL campaign because we want everyone to know how they can easily and safely share the streets with others, and that's by being Predictable, Alert and Lawful, or being a PAL (both in the friendly neighbor kind of way, and in accordance with the acronym). We think if more people know about being a PAL and the importance of sharing the streets, we can all benefit from a safer and more enjoyable journey, wherever our destination might be.

So whether we're on two feet, two wheels or four wheels, we all need to share our streets safely. Arlington County has developed the PAL program for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists.

Being a PAL means being:

  • Predictable – travel in a predictable way; don’t make sudden, unexpected moves
  • Alert – pay attention to your surroundings and to others around you
  • Lawful – obey the traffic laws, whether in a car, on a bike, or on foot 

Be a PAL Ambassador

Hey PAL! We're building a community-driven movement to make Arlington County's streets more safe -- and we need your help. Become a volunteer PAL Ambassador: Bike billboards, block parties, pizza nights, -- all free, and on your commute home. Visit ArlingtonPALS.org to learn more!

More About PAL

Click to enlarge this street scene (PDF, 4.6 MB, Adobe Reader required).  It illustrates some useful safety and courtesy tips for walking, cycling, and driving. Spanish version (PDF, 3.2 MB, Adobe Reader required).

Graphic: PAL street scene

PAL two-page spread from January-February 2013 Citizen newsletter. Click to enlarge. (PDF, 1.4 MB, Adobe Reader required.)

PAL Citizen spread, thumbnail image

Each of us finds ourselves as a driver, cyclist, or walker at some point. Do our perceptions change with each mode? Watch this video to see how to be a PAL with the driver, cyclist and walker in all of us.

PAL logo

Don't be shy, let us know on our comments page what you think of the PAL campaign.  We would love to hear your comments or suggestions!

Did You Know?

You could save $816 a month, or $9,797 a year, if you switch from driving to riding public transportation for your commute.

American Public Transportation Association

Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
14th Street Bridge
2833
Ballston Connector
355
Bluemont Connector
257
CC Connector
775
Clarendon EB bike lane
256
Crystal NB bike lane
75
Crystal SB bike lane
103
Custis Bon Air Park
690
Custis Rosslyn
1531
Fairfax EB bike lane
172
Fairfax WB Bike Lane
0
Joyce St NB
38
Joyce St SB
20
Key Bridge East
1171
Key Bridge West
808
Military NB bike lane
31
Military SB bike lane
36
MVT Airport South
2167
Quincy NB bike lane
46
Quincy SB bike lane
105
Roosevelt Bridge
487
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1450
TR Island Bridge
1427
WOD Bon Air Park
949
WOD Bon Air West
1485
WOD Columbia Pike
737
WOD East Falls Church
6
Wilson WB bike lane
315

Peds counted

View Counter Data
14th Street Bridge
798
Ballston Connector
403
Bluemont Connector
373
CC Connector
682
Custis Bon Air Park
360
Custis Rosslyn
315
Joyce St NB
70
Joyce St SB
118
Key Bridge East
2289
Key Bridge West
1017
MVT Airport South
3452
Roosevelt Bridge
145
TR Island Bridge
0
WOD Bon Air Park
755
WOD Bon Air West
616
WOD Columbia Pike
711
WOD East Falls Church
143

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
3564930
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